You've got a good attitude, and that's half the battle. For what it's worth, I know what I know, for the most part, because I broke more systems than anyone else I know, then had to figure out how fix them
tks OP for the good attitude, I was afraid I was getting under ur skin a little but as we went on I believe that was no more than a hunch. I am going to reload Monty on that hd with the issue this evining. I had to reload one for a buddy like this one and I just reformated the / , I Left the swap and home the same and it did just rewright the / and never removed any of my stored file on there. Hopefully it will do just that this time. And it did not hurt the duel boot either. Do have 1 question though, I have loaded probably 15 systems for friends with this and I have always done it as / then swap and then home. I was reading somewhere yesterday in some of the other post that someone suggested do it as swap and then / and then the home now is there any advantage to that or not. Let me know. I am not going to boot into the hd with the issue until you respond. I got done early on milking tonite.
I don't think it really makes a difference. Starting with a fresh hard drive that will be Linux only, I know I will have more than one OS on the drive, so I start with a boot partition, followed by a swap partition, followed by a / partition for the first installed system, followed by the extended partition that covers the remainder of the hard drive. This uses up all the available primary partitions, so any new partitions will automatically be logical partitions from then on. I don't use a separate /home partition, but have numerous data partitions that I mount in specific places dictated by my /etc/fstab file, and I copy the same fstab file to each new installation, then edit the / partition entry to reflect the correct location for each specific installation.
With this method, every data partition mounts in the same relative position on each installation, so I always know where to locate each specific type of data, without having to worry about which installation I'm currently using.
Partitioning schemes are pretty much an individual choice item. I've been using the same basic scheme for 13 years; as long as I've been using Linux as my only OS. I used to have a separate /home partition for each installation, but switched to the multiple data partition with /home being just a directory on each / partition method because, for me, it was a more efficient use of the total hard drive space.